TORONTO, Canada – Seven-time Woodbine champion Patrick Husbands rode two winners on Sunday’s 11-race card to reach 50 wins for yet another season at the prestigious oval.
The 45-year-old Barbadian snatched race one with odds-on bet Fresh Princess before returning to win race five with another favourite Gemini.
With 4-1/2 months left in the near seven-month campaign, Husbands lies third behind leader Rafael Hernandez on 86 wins, with Eurico Rosa da Silva five wins behind in second.
Husbands, whose last title came four years ago, opened his account on Sunday aboard Fresh Princess when he guided the four-year-old chestnut filly to victory by a length, going seven furlongs.
Up against the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares, Husbands settled Fresh Princess well off the pace as Without a Doubt produced the early fractions.
Once in the stretch, however, Husbands rallied the filly and she reeled in the leader, hitting the front in the final furlong under a hands-ride and cruising to the wire.
Husbands chalked up his second win in another seven-furlong trip, going from gate to wire with the three-year-old brown filly Gemini, to get the better of the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by 1-3/4 lengths.
The pair survived a bump at the start, was in front before the first turn and dismissed a weak challenge at the top of the stretch to dominate.
Husbands has been good enough to pass 100 wins in every Woodbine season since 1998.